Presence is everything, even more so in the world of interior decorating and design. A keen eye for detail, symmetry, color and emotion are key factors to a successful career in the field. Such is the world of Atlanta, Georgia’s own Alvin Wayne, a professional in residential and commercial interior design. Wayne took a moment to share his thoughts on his career and upcoming plans below.
MACG Magazine (MM): Your work has a lot of depth and definition to it. Can you tell us about a career defining moment that influenced growth?
Alvin Wayne (AW): The defining moment that influenced my career is when I was approached by a luxury realtor in Houston, Texas, to stage and design her own personal home and home office. This was a defining moment in my career because the realtor saw my work via word of mouth and social media; and, being that I had just relocated to Houston and was trying to tap into the Houston market, this was a big deal for me. This resulted in a great partnership with the realtor as well as many residential projects that followed. Because of this moment, I was able to carve a niche for myself in the Houston market.
MM: What was one of the most unexpected things that you have experienced or learned?
AW: The most unexpected thing I learned was self-confidence. I’ve always been a fairly confident person, but this industry has taught me to always believe in myself, and be confident in my choices/decisions, and to become an effective communicator.
MM: What was an unforgettable moment for you in this profession?
AW: The most unforgettable moment for me was when my parents consulted with me to do their kitchen re-design. This moment was most special to me because this was the moment that I realized my parents valued my opinion and career choice, and trusted me to be their interior designer.
MM: What type of training and development is important for success in interior design?
AW: I attended design school and received my Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Also, I am a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
MM: So, what’s next on your agenda?
AW: I’ve began working on commercial projects as well as residential projects. Currently, I am designing a luxury car dealership in Atlanta, GA. Within the next five years, I would like to own a home décor store, specializing in accessories for the home and eventually expanding into home furnishings. The ultimate goal is to have my own design television show.